Jan 10, 2019

Big Snow = Big Fun

Western Upper Peninsula offers some of the best winter and snow activities you can find in the country

Get away from the everyday and reconnect with the wild inside of you. Come to the western most corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Embrace the region’s endless rivers and countless waterfalls, clean and clear and fresher than you ever knew. Discover Lake Superior, mighty and proud. Find yourself in the wandering trails through mystic old growth forests deep in Ottawa National Forest.

With its boundless, unspoiled wilderness, breathtaking vistas, rugged terrain and pristine lake effect snows, the Western U.P. lets you unplug from the ceaseless distractions of daily life. Located as far west as one can go in Michigan, it is within a few hours drive of cities in northern Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, offering you and your family a perfect path to reconnect with nature. 

Winter haven

The Western U.P. offers some of the finest outdoor recreation and adventure opportunities in the country. During the winter months – with Mother Nature as our snow machine – the Western U.P. offers skiers an abundance of fresh powder and perfectly groomed terrain. Three incredible resorts offer more than 100 trails and some of the finest downhill trails anywhere in the Midwest.

Each Western U.P. snowmobiling adventure is unique and exciting, as there are more than 2,000 miles of groomed trails, unplowed logging roads and secluded National Forest trails throughout the area.

Frozen waterfalls, pristine snow-covered forests, Lake Superior’s ever-changing shore and a beauty so raw it will leave you breathless. Grab your skies, strap into your snowshoes, bundle up and hit the trails. One of North America's great outdoor playgrounds, there is nothing quite as exhilarating as winter in the Western U.P. 


Snowmobile thousands of miles of trails that can be covered by more than 200 inches of annual snowfall. The area is rated the No. 1 snowmobile destination by readers of American Snowmobiler magazine.

Big Snow Country is a Snowmobiler’s Paradise. This heavy snowfall gives you, the rider, the very best conditions and trails.

Explore a Western U.P. winter and share the experience of a Western U.P. snowmobiling vacation with your family and friends. It’s what snowmobiling is all about. Because when natural beauty, brilliant exhilaration and good times come together, the sensation is Pure Michigan.


SubS: Skiing and Snowboarding

The Western U.P. is home to three ski hills, each offering its own distinct terrain. Names like Big Powderhorn, Blackjack and Indianhead are familiar to any skier or snowboarder in the Midwest. Together, they make up “Big Snow Country.”

With more than 100 trails, nearly 700 acres of skiable terrain and more than 20 lifts and tows, the Western U.P. is truly a skiing and snowboarding mecca. The best part is that these amazing resorts are only located minutes from each other, making it possible to enjoy all three in one weekend.

Big Snow Country offers twice the snowfall of Lutsen Mountain in Minnesota; more trails, skiable acreage and better value than Granite Peak; and more vertical than Ski Brule.


SubS: Cross-Country Skiing

Michigan’s Western U.P. offers more than 100 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. Most trails are PistenBully groomed for skating and diagonal striding. The area additionally includes various backcountry ski and snowshoe trails of varied terrain.


SubS: Great Ice Fishing

Western Upper Michigan is well known for its ice fishing as well. Whether you’re looking to hook walleye, perch, whitefish, bass, lake trout, northern pike or a variety of pan fish – the Western U.P. has got you covered, even during the winter months.

In fact, some experienced anglers say winter is the best time to fish because – with the warm weather gone – so are the weeds. An ice fishing excursion can be as simple as drilling a hole in the ice and dropping in a line while perched on an overturned bucket. Or it can be an all-day outing complete with an elaborate ice shanty boasting all the comforts of home. With proper clothing and equipment, knowing the condition of the ice, and following safety precautions, ice fishing can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Lake Gogebic and the Cisco Chain of Lakes offer some of the finest ice fishing you’ll find anywhere. Hunker down over a hole in the ice!

The Watersmeet area offers fantastic ice fishing on the many lakes located in the area. There are numerous resorts, motels and private homes to rent for lodging. Many lodging facilities often provide direct access to the lake.